Guest Post BY Alyssa Ruane
Don’t wear white after Labor Day. Don’t mix prints. Don’t wear socks with heels.
These three commandments are just a few of many “fashion rules” that have been gloriously broken. White has become a year-round wardrobe staple; mixing prints has created some of the most eye-catchingly chic outfits out there; and wearing socks with heels proved to be the solution to be stylish in snowy temperatures.
Ever since we’ve seen print-mixing put into action by clever celebs and savvy stylists, we, the people, have struggled to master the art on our own. It is, after all, an art. How do you choose which polar-opposite prints to stick next to one another? What defines trend-setting versus tacky? There is a fine line, and lot of everyday Janes are nervous to try the look for fear of a terrible circus-like ensemble.
But fear no more! Below we have some simple tips to keep in mind when you’re ready to try mixing patterns.
Pick prints on different scales. This would be like pairing the busy Julian Chang Leslie Pant with the Kaya Di Koko Adley Printed Tank, which features much larger imagery, to balance things out.
Stay in the same color family. To clash patterns effectively, they need to “match” in terms of hues, whether that means either finding the same red color in two garments or choosing a teal pattern and a blue one to mix together.
Play with sizes. Garment proportion can really help make your pattern play look like a beautifully organized mess. The long Julian Chang Kory Jacket would look great on top of a patterned mini dress.
Use stripes as a neutral. Throwing two busy patterns together can be anxiety-inducing, so turn to your familiar pal, stripes, for a pseudo-neutral to make you feel better.
Mix two of the same pattern, just different types. For example, put two floral prints together, but have one be the Petit Pois Feng Shui Long Over Easy Shirt featuring Asian-style flowers and the other be the Petit Pois “The Mondrian” Tube Skirt with artsy roses.
Texture helps, too. A heavily textured garment can easily pass for a patterned piece, so try some perforated leather for an extra touch.
Work inverse colors. This is a simple trick that never fails. Try a black-and-white base outfit and a white-and-black overcoat. Make sense? No? Okay, think the Walter Baker Bethany Dress with something like the Stella and Jamie Cloe’ Bomber Jacket.
Mixing and matching prints actually gets much easier once you have these base tips down pat. The real magic happens, though, when you head to the closet and do some experimenting. You never really know what will surprisingly look amazing together until you try it on!
So start mixing, you trend-setter, you.
THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON VACATION
GUEST POST BY Tienlyn Jacobson
If there’s nothing else, my inability to pack coherently for vacation is one thing I can consistently count on. It’s not that I don’t start with a plan, because I always do. Quite systematically in fact. I take into consideration the number of days, how many casual looks I will need vs how many dressier ones, take the weather and humidity into consideration, and if I’m feeling especially geeky, I’ll photograph each outfit and put it into a folder on my phone for easy reference.
Regardless of how I feel when boarding my plane, my most calculated wardrobe plans come unraveled faster than the humidity can cancel out my blowout. Because no matter how prepared I think I am, I usually end up wearing the few 5 items on repeat.
These days, my approach is more laid-back. As in, I make sure I’ve got my 5 major essentials, and then just throw in a bunch of stuff that seems weather appropriate, add sneakers, and hope for the best! And you know what? It totally works, thanks to my 6 vacation essentials that even my vacation brain can handle.
1. Midi Dress: The key here is to choose something you can dress up or down, but that’s also comfortable. This Raoul Blaze Midi Dress is absolutely perfect for a nice dinner out, but if you pair it with a straw fedora and sandals, you’ve got a fabulous daytime look.
2. Sandals: It goes without saying that sandals are absolutely imperative. But what kind of sandals and what color? Here’s a tip: go for a metallic hue like these Raoul Mirror Flat Sandals, and they will match everything in your suitcase.
3. Outerwear: This is the thing I often forget the most. Afterall, I’m usually traveling to chase the heat! But that doesn’t mean that the plane ride over won’t leave me freezing, or that the evenings can promise to be just as balmy as the days. Surprisingly, I’ve found that a blazer or a moto cut, like this Olive + Oak Motocrossed Jacket are the best styles to bring, as they add a touch of tailoring to any look.
4. Denim Shorts: Denim shorts are what I reach for on an almost everyday basis when I’m on vacation. Why? Because I need something that’s durable if I decide to go on a midday hike, but that also works for the beach, or for a lazy boardwalk stroll. For me, spontaneity is a big part of vacation, and I need something that can keep up. Bonus if the shorts are as adorable as these Olive + Oak Chambray For Sure Shorts.
5. Tunic Dress: Why do I love tunic dresses so much for vacation? Because they double as a coverup for the beach! Plus, on most vacations, you can wear them to dinner too. Especially if they’re as breathtaking as this Karen Zambos Andre Dress.
As long as I have these 5 things, all I have to do is toss in some tank tops, my bikini and plenty of underwear, and set my vacation brain on autopilot!
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Leggings are by far the most versatile staple you will probably have in your dresser. It has been in fashion since circa 2008 and shows no signs of going out of style. Workout trends such as heated yoga, barré, and zumba have all gained popularity within around that same time, and with that came the idea of dressing chic while working out. As working out became popular again, so did the idea of athleisure, where we all seem to appear athletic even if we aren’t. It could be assumed that the more athleisure you wear, the more motivated you are to stay active. There is a technique to transition from the gym to happy hour without looking too much like you are always at the gym. In fact, if you are in shape, athleisure is an awesome way to show off your figure:
Yoga leggings that double as skinny pants
Running bralettes that double as crop tops
Nina B Roze Racer Stitch Bra
Nina B Roze Tuxedo Double Mesh Capri
Nesh NYC Racer Stripe Legging
Nesh NYC Hooded Sleeveless Vest
Petit Pois Flair Leg Pants with Creases
Raoul Sport Sneaker
Olive + Oak XYZ PDQ Vest
Boxings hoodies are also for bumming around
Nesh NYC Mesh Back Cardi
Nina B Roze 2Tone Sports Bra
Nina B Roze Mesh Yoga Legging
Nesh NYC Stoned Boxer
Olive + Oak Short ‘n Sweet Shorts
Olive + Oak Beach Tank
Karen Zambos Tier Top
Moral of the story: Athleisure can be pulled off in and out of the gym, but remember to bring it back to reality when off-duty. You don’t want to resemble Hilary Swank in The Million Dollar Baby when you are headed to happy hour so know when to add some polish in there when needed. This goes without saying, but obviously don’t wear workout clothes in an off-duty style AFTER your workout without a trip through the washer (hello, BO!)
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TOP PICKS FOR JUNE FROM SHOEDAZZLE!
Can you believe it is almost June! It is suddenly time to switch my closets and drawers over and here are a few a my favorite top picks from Shoedazzle.
To be on trend this season we will all NEED a cold shoulder top aka off shoulder top, gladiator sandals, a jumpsuit (could be shorts, mid length or maxi) and some great colors and prints. There is really so much more but this is a great start. AND please don’t shy away from a gladiator style sandal. You will not immediately turn into Russell Crowe if you slip your foot into one! Glads now come in so many different styles that there will def be one that fits your taste no matter what your style or calf width!
Shoedazzle has expanded so much that you can purchase a complete wardrobe right on their website. Most items are $40, some less, some a little more and always very awesome perks and sales! (see link below to save 75% off of your first purchase!!) Easy peasy, love it! Let me know what you love!
I want it all! xo #rockinrobin